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C.J. Cron gets a big break, then a big hit

C.J. Cron gets a big break, then a big hit
Angels first baseman C.J. Cron watches his ninth inning line drive land safely in the outfield. Two runs scored on the hit to tie the score, 3-3, with the Indians. (Harry How / Getty Images)

The first pitch C.J. Cron saw from Cleveland Indians closer Cody Allen with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning Wednesday caught the Angels first baseman by surprise.

"It just ran in on me a little bit," Cron said of the fastball. "I thought I saw middle, and it just came up a little too much. I tried to check my swing, but it hit my bat."

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Cron was lucky. That kind of contact often results in a tapper to the pitcher or first baseman, but Cron fouled the ball into the seats.

"I tried to get it out of my head and move on," Cron said.

That he did, lining Allen's next pitch into center field for a tying two-run single, the key blow in an eventual 4-3 win over the Indians. Taylor Featherston went from first to third on the hit and scored on a wild pitch, the eighth walk-off win of the season for the Angels and their second on a wild pitch.

"It's fun, man," Cron said. "We play nine innings, and sometimes it's a long nine. To be down by two runs and be able to tie it up at that moment was pretty cool, and it definitely pumped me up. I take pride in driving in runs."

Special delivery

Huston Street's wife, Lacey, gave birth to the couple's third son, Rafe William, at about 11 a.m. on Wednesday, but that didn't stop the Angels closer from possibly pitching against the Indians.

Street got to the stadium in the fourth inning and began warming up in the bottom of the eighth, just four hours after witnessing the birth of his son. Street did not pitch in the game and left shortly after the win to be with his wife.

"I think that shows a lot about Huston," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "He was up for most of the night, he welcomed his son into the world late in the morning, he came here, took a shower and said, 'I'm ready to go.' He was ready to pitch the 10th inning if we needed him."

On the rebound

One night after giving up a game-winning, two-run homer to Giovanny Urshela in the 12th inning, Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian retired the side in order in the ninth Wednesday, getting Urshela to ground back to the mound, and came away with his first major league win.

"I've always told myself, just persevere," Bedrosian said. "There's going to be bad times. I've had bad times. It's not the first time, so hopefully it's a long road and I keep getting them."

Hector Santiago gave up three runs and five hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking one, for a no-decision, and Cory Rasmus and Cesar Ramos combined for two hitless relief innings.

Short hops

Jered Weaver's lengthy rehabilitation from a left-hip injury appears to be over. The right-hander, out since June 21, could return to the rotation as early as Sunday after throwing 84 pitches in 5 2/3 innings for Class-A Inland Empire on Tuesday. … Left-hander Nate Smith, one of the team's top three pitching prospects, made his debut for triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday night after being promoted from double-A Arkansas, where he went 8-4 with a 2.48 earned-run average in 17 starts.

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Times staff writer Greg Hadley contributed to this report.

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